Happy Sunday, friends! (And happy International Day Of Happiness, too.) With the spring season now upon us, we’re excited to bring you all the fresh ideas and positive efforts we’ve seen in the gaming industry today. Every week we throw open the windows, dust off the furniture, and invite you inside to share stories of our latest faves.
Today, we have a truly charming lineup of people and projects that we feel exemplify the work we’re doing at FemHype. With two rousing communities, two pioneering projects, and one very special, recently released game, we’re pretty confident you’re going to be as excited as we are. This is how you get started when you want to be involved in games culture as it changes. Come with us. It’ll be fun!
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
Bring Down The Sky
Curated by Sarah Simes and Charles Tan, Bring Down The Sky is a Bioware fanzine that’s currently in the works. It’s set to feature over 30 absolutely incredible contributors, and while they aren’t accepting anyone new to their stellar team, they are set to deliver us some incredible work. All the proceeds will be going to the Child Refugee Crisis Relief Fund through Save the Children once the fanzine is officially released.
You can follow the team’s progress either on their Tumblr account or by using the hashtag #BioWareFanzine. We’re super excited to see this project in print!
“I am a self taught seamstress, writer, cosplayer, and all around sci-fi/fantasy nerd. I have been cosplaying since 2010, making costumes for myself and friends.”
This site (and subsequent social media accounts!) follows the progress of C’loni Bailey’s truly magnificent cosplay work. We’re so impressed by everything she’s accomplished, and it’s really wonderful to have such a detailed behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to put together a cosplay outfit. What’s more, she also details her work for her friends and clients as well! You can follow along on her Tumblr account for more.
You should also check out the C’loni Studios Etsy page while you’re at it. There are a lot of fun pieces there for reasonable prices!
From the team that brought us the acclaimed We Know The Devil, Date Nighto recently launched a new game that features a nonbinary protagonist, queer characters, and cats! Hustle Cat is a super charming visual novel. If all of that sounds like your kind of thing, hear what the team has to say! Aphelion hosted a two-part interview series, one featuring Jo Fu, the producer, and another with Lindsay “Ahvia” Woods and Kasey Van Hise, the creative leads.
Hustle Cat is currently available for purchase on Steam for only $17.99. There’s a 10% sale going on right now, which means there’s no better time to give this game a try!
My Geek Side Is Showing
“A lifelong geek & proud of it! Join me as I geek out over video games, sci-fi, sports, movies, TV, books, comic books, & more!”
If you’re looking for another fun, informative, and welcoming community to join, look no further! My Geek Side Is Showing offers a wide variety of content to suit any geeky taste. They’re also part of a rousing Google+ community, Female Geek Bloggers, which rallies together over a thousand women who blog about their interests. Pretty cool, huh?
Although the blog itself hasn’t been updated in a little while, the social media accounts are alive and kicking! We’re really liking the fun little posts that show up from all facets of geek culture—not just gaming.
“The unwinnable trap distills everything that is frustrating, mean, backwards and counter intuitive about those videogames. What better name for a videogame website?”
We’ve had our eye on Unwinnable for a while now. It’s clever, snappy commentary on the gaming industry has been a refreshing change to the usual fare, particularly because they also encourage all kinds of submissions. From the internet culture spawned by Fire Emblem Fates to queer representation in Stardew Valley, you’re not only bound to like something on the site, you’re also bound to learn something, too.
The about page is quite entertaining as well, and will give you a good sense of the kind of content you’re in for. It’s lighthearted, yet thoughtful, and we’re really glad Unwinnable is around.